Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

How to Make a Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker Card.

When it comes to anything Halloween, I like it more “cute” than scary. (big chicken here)

This Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker card uses Dies and Shaker Sprinkles from

The Maker’s Movement’s New Halloween Collection.

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Directions:

  • I used the Halloween Scene from the Tricks and Treats paper pad for the base of my card. I cut off a 1/2″ off both sides of the paper, making it 5″ x 6″. (The finished card measures 5 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.)
  • Die-cut a large scalloped square frame out of the purple plaid paper from the paper pad.
  • Die-cut a large foam square using the foam cutter die. The foam square will fit under the scalloped square frame.
  • Because I didn’t want the white sides of the foam showing in my shaker element, I used black calligraphy (chisel point) paint marker to color the outside and inside of the foam square. Place the foam square onto the card base. (as shown above)
  • Add “Tricks and Treats” shaker sprinkles into the center of the foam square.
  • Cut a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of clear acetate. Remove the blue protective covering from both sides of the acetate.
  • Remove the top protective coating from the foam square and place the acetate onto the foam.
  • Add adhesive under the purple plaid scalloped square and place it over the acetate lined up with the foam square.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Die-Cutting Tip…

  • When cutting small die-cut pieces, I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.  After die-cutting, they become little stickers. That makes applying the die-cuts a whole lot easier.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

  • Apply the Spider Web die-cut onto the inside corner of the shaker element.
  • Add the words “Happy Halloween” onto the front of the card.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

I enjoy making cards with dimension and movement.

I think this is one of the simplest shaker cards I’ve made so far.

If you love making shaker cards, make sure to check out all the dies and cute shaker sprinkles

that are available from The Maker’s Movement.

Toil and Trouble Halloween Shaker Card

Toil & Trouble Halloween Shaker Card.

This is the Halloween Shaker Card I made last year.  You can see how it was made here.

Playing with i-crafter Dies and Embossing Plates

i-crafter tiny home die and water lily embossing plate

I always love getting the chance to play with something new.

For this month’s Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop, I created a couple of projects using

the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* and the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder*.  

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i-crafter tiny home die

The Tiny Home Die Set* cuts out the cutest little house.

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Tiny Home Banner

I used the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* to create a little fall banner to hang

on the corner of my favorite family picture.

Water Lily Cards

I used the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder* to create two cards with two different looks.

The first card was embossed using Watercolor Paper*

I used a Waterbrush* and inks to watercolor directly onto the embossed paper.

The second card I embossed onto blue textured cardstock.

I used DecoArt Metallic Champagne Ice Lustre Wax* and rubbed it

over the embossed areas using my fingertip.

Two simple cards using the same embossing folder!

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To see all the i-crafter projects the other designers have made, click here.

Apple Cider Stand Card

Apple Cider Stand Card

One of my favorite fall memories is taking my family to Tanner’s Apple Orchard.  

At Tanners, we would pick apples, find the best pumpkin,

get lost in the corn maze, pet the animals, and play games.

Before we left, we’d always go into their store.

Once inside the little store, they had a giant barrel with a spigot for pouring yourself a

cup of free cider.  Even though there was a “one per customer” sign, hardly anyone had

just one taste.  (especially my son)

One of my favorites was the Apple Cider Donuts that we’d eat on the car ride home.  

Good Memories!

Apple Cider Stand Card

How to make the Apple Cider Stand Card… 

with the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Simple Watercolor Background

  • The key to the background is to use watercolor paper.
  • Stamp a small square using the inkpads onto a piece of something non-porous like a plastic lid.  (you can also use watercolor paint)
  • Add a tiny bit of water to the ink to dilute the color and brush on a simple swish with a wet brush to create the background.  I like to use a waterbrush.  

Apple Cider Stand Card

Building the Flower Stand

  • I used woodgrain scrapbook paper to create the boards of the cider stand.
  • The cider stand die has three sizes of “board dies” to cut and build the stand.
  • I adhered two pieces of paper together to create thickness. Run the paper and the dies through the Crossover II die-cutting machine to cut the shape.
  • I used basic building construction to make my stand.
  • For the awning, I die-cut two pieces. (one plaid, one rust) Cut two sections from the rust die-cut and adhere to the striped awning piece.

Apple Cider Stand Card

Lots of Dimension and Details

  • What makes this card special is all the little details.
  • I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of my pieces to make them look more realistic.
  • I used a lot of foam dots behind the various pieces to create a lot of dimension.
  • I doubled up the foam dots under the awning and sign.

Apple Cider Stand Card

My Cider Stand needed pumpkins.

  • I used the pumpkin stamp from the “Home from the Holidays Stamp Set”.
  • Stamp the pumpkin using black ink onto a marigold color cardstock.
  • Using the Tombow Markers, color in the image.  I like to go lightest to darker.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Last Summer, I made one of my favorite cards, the “Sweet Summer Flower Stand” card using

the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set.  I’ve wanted to make a Cider Stand Card every since.  

Flower Stand CardThe Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card.

You Color My World

You Color My World Card

You Color My World Card…

There are people in this world that bring sunshine and color into everyone’s life.

My goal is to be one of those people.

It’s not always easy, but it sure is worth it.

As I always told my kids, you have the power to change someone’s day just by your smile.

In the famous words of Buddy Elf, “I like Smiling. Smiling’s my Favorite”.

You Color My World Card

The “You Color My World” card mimics a Watercolor Paint Set.

For this card, I wanted a little more upscale look than traditional primary colors.

I made my watercolor paint using rich colors and patterns on a wood-look base.

I used the Color My World Slimline Die Set die set from The Maker’s Movement.

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You Color My World Card

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Directions:

  • Die-cut the base of the card, using the slimline die set, out of wood-look scrapbook paper using the Cross Over II Die-Cutting System.
  • Die-cut the paint pieces out of patterned paper.
  • Die-cut the “paint pods” out of silver cardstock.
  • I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini before die-cutting to make the pieces into stickers. It makes assembling all the parts so much easier.
  • Assemble all the pieces onto the layered cardstock base.

You Color My World Card

The trick to applying the letters…

  • Make the letters into stickers.  I ran silver cardstock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* before die-cutting to add adhesive on the back of the paper.  Once die-cut, the letters became little stickers.  So much easier than trying to glue them into place.
  • To help line the words up straight, I used a clear-gridded transfer tape* to apply to letters.
  • Place the letters onto the transfer tape backward using the lines of the grid as your guide.

You Color My World Card

  • Place the transfer tape onto the front of the card. Rub over the transfer paper to make sure the letters stick to the card. (You can use a vinyl scraper tool.)
  • Gently pull back one end of the transfer paper and remove.

You Color My World Card

For more great stamp and die-cut sets, make sure to check out The Maker’s Movements website.  

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Back to School Mini Essentials Card

Back to School Mini Essentials Card

Start their year off right with a card made with Back to School Mini Essentials.

Perfect for both Students and Teachers.

The mini essentials would make great embellishments for a scrapbook page.

The small ruler frame would look great with this year’s back to school picture.

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Back to School with Mini Essentials Card

Die-Cutting Tips…

  • For better results with dies that have grooves, use thick or double-layered cardstock.
  • I adhered two pieces of cardstock together using the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini*.
  • I also added a second layer of adhesive to the cardstock before cutting the pieces out using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine.
  • You will want to run it through and then back again to make sure that all layers have been cut.
  • Each little die-cut piece becomes a sticker which makes it easy to put all the parts together.

Back to School Mini Essentials Card

This is a great way to use up small scraps of cardstock.

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Back Pack to School Card

This was a fun card to make.

I combined the “Back Pack to School Die Set” with the “School Essentials Die Set”

to make this sweet pink “girly” back to school card.

The greeting “I hope you have an amazing day” from the Food Truck Stamp Set says it all.

Back Pack to School Card

How to Make the Backpack Card:

  • Die-cut the backpack pieces out of the floral/green plaid paper using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine.
  • To shape the die-cut pieces, place the shape on the molding mat* and press down with the large-ball stylus*. Move the stylus around in small circular motions to soften the paper. The die-cut shape will begin to curl, giving it dimension.
  • Use the light gray marker on the edges of the paper to cover the white paper core and give the pieces a shadowing.
  • Assemble the backpack using small thin foam squares.
  • Die-cut and assemble pencils and the ruler using pencils from the School Essentials Die Set.
  • Die-Cut a white cardstock frame using the Round Rectangle Die Set.
  • Tuck the small floral bits into the backpack along with a ruler and pencils and adhere them in place.
  • Assemble the card using coordinating paper layers.

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Back Pack to School Card

Tuck the card in her backpack and help make her day amazing.

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Opal Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Creating a little Shimmer and Shine with this Iridescent Butterfly Card.

The Butterfly Card was made using StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl.

StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl comes in 9 amazing colors.

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

I love how the Opal Vinyl shimmers and changes as you move it with the light.

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Opal Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card Tips:

  • For this card, I used the Butterfly SVG file from the Silhouette Store.  
  • I wanted to give the butterflies dimension on this card. So, I adhered the opal vinyl onto white cardstock before cutting out the butterflies using a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die-Cutting Machine*.  
  • When cutting out the butterflies, I set my machine on heavy cardstock and used “3 passes” to cut out the butterflies.
  • Cut the butterflies using several shades of opal vinyl. Place the butterflies into a Dotted Embossing Folder, run the embossing folder through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.
  • Use a fine tip black deco color paint marker* to add black dots over the embossed dots.

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

  • Cut the words “Happy Birthday” out of black craft vinyl and adhere the greeting onto the bottom of the card using Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • Tie a simple white sheer ribbon to finish off this Summery Card.

A Card for the Perfect Lazy Day.

Lazy Days Card

A card to celebrate the perfect Lazy Summer Day.

We just got back from vacation last weekend.

It feels like it’s taken me all week to get back to normal.

If it wasn’t so cool and then rainy this week, I would be that bear on a floatie.

If you asked me to describe the perfect Summer day, it would most definitely include

floating in the pool with a drink in my hand.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

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Lazy Days Card

Directions:

  • Stamp the bear image on tan cardstock with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad*.
  • .Align the bear die with the stamped image.  Place a small piece of washi tape (or a removable tape) to hold the die in place while die-cutting.  
  • Run the stamped image and die through the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to cut out the bear image.

Lazy Days Card

I thought plaid swim shorts were needed for this “cool” bear. 

  • Stamp the swim trunks onto a small piece of plaid paper and run it through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* to add adhesive onto the back. 
  • Cut the swim trunks out and stick directly onto the die-cut bear. (it’s so easy to add personality)

Lazy Summer Days Card

  • Use the Tombow Art Markers to add rosy cheeks, shadows, and definition to the stamped image.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

Additional Card Details:

  • I thought the “Sea Shore” paper looked like a pool liner, so I added it as the base to my card.
  • The white frame on the card was die-cut using the Round Rectangle Die Set.
  • The Sun was die-cut using the center of the pool float.
  • I stamped the words “feelin’ hot” onto white cardstock and cut it out using the smallest of the nested banner die.
  • I used thin foam mounting squares under the clouds, banner, bear, and drink to add dimension to the card.
  • The finished card measures 4 ¾” x 6″.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

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Just Scootin’ in to say Hello…

Don’t you just love getting “snail mail”?

It’s so nice when I open my mailbox and see something other than a bill or advertisement.

Snail Mail Stamped Card

The Snail Mail card was made using the Snail Mail Stamp Set from The Maker’s Movement. 

I used simple masking and background techniques that anyone can do to make the card a little more fun.

(see below for complete instructions)

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Directions:

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Xyron Create a Sticker Machine Mini

Creating a Mask for your stamped images…

To keep your image crisp and clean while creating your background you’ll want to create a mask.

  • Without re-inking, the “mailbox” stamp, stamp the image onto a piece of scrap paper. This lighter impression keeps the ink to a minimum and prevents it from getting onto your fingers when working with the mask.
  • Place the stamped copy into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* with a Repositionable Cartridge* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of repositionable adhesive to the paper.

Creating Masks for Stamping Cards

  • Cut nice and tight around the stamped image – this cut-out now becomes your “mask”.
  • Remove the protective backing and place the mask directly over the stamped image.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Masking the Sun…

  • Punch or cut a circle from scrap paper.  (set aside the punched circle to use as a mask)
  • Use the open circle  cutout as a template to create the sun.  Place the circle cutout over the masked/stamped mailbox.   Using a yellowish/golden inkpad and an Ink Blending Tool*, gently rub the ink onto the paper.  Be careful not to let the paper slip.
  • Take the punched circle and place it in the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* (with repositionable cartridge) to make a mask that will fit over your “inked sun”.
  • Place mask over the Sun.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking.

Creating the Grass Background…

  • Stamp the “snail with dotted lines” in black ink over the base of the mailbox image.  You can leave the dotted line straight or you can easily position the dotted line of the stamp to make it curvy.
  • Stamp a second snail to create a mask.  (You will only need to cut out the snail, not the dotted lines.)
  • Place the snail mask over the stamped snail image.
  • Use scissors to cut a wavy line on a piece of scrap paper to create your “grass background template”.
  • Starting at the top of the “curvy line”, use an Ink Blending Tool* and green ink and rub the ink down on the paper.  Continue moving the template down the paper and adding more grass lines.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking

Creating the cloudy sky background…

  • As a reminder…you should have masks on the Sun, Mailbox, and Snail.
  • To make light and fluffy clouds, you’ll need a piece of scrap paper with a torn edge.
  • Place the torn edge at the top of the stamped watercolor paper.  Gently rub blue ink onto the paper with the Ink Blending Tool*.
  • Adjust the torn paper slightly and move down the paper and ink to create more clouds.  Continue inking clouds until you reach the grass line.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • Remove the masks from the sun, mailbox, and snail.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • I used a variety of light and dark Tombow Dual Brush Art Markers to color in my image.
  • Because I use Watercolor Paper* and stamped the image with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad* I can easily blend the markers without the outline ink bleeding.

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping Cards and Envelopes

Decorated Envelopes for the Win!

I rarely decorate my envelopes.

I thought this card called for a little extra fun on the outside.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

And for a little extra fun, I added googly eyes to the snail on this card.

Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

How to Make a Sweet Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

using the Donut Box Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The perfect gift card/money holder for that special someone with a sweet tooth.

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How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

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Mini Donut Box Gift Box Holder

Directions:

  • Cut the Donut Box using the Crossover II Die-Cut Machine and the Donut Box Die Set.
  • Cut two scalloped rectangles using the Donut Box Die Set.  I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create-A Sticker Mini to add adhesive to the back of it before die-cutting.  It makes the scalloped rectangle a sticker which makes it so much easier to adhere to the box.
  • Remove the protective coating off of the acetate and adhere to the backside of the box opening.
  • Remove the backing off the “rectangle sticker” and place one on the front of the opening and the second onto the back of the opening.
  • Cut a small piece of acetate slightly larger than the opening on the Donut Box.
  • Gently fold Donut Box on the score lines.  Glue the side tabs together to form the box.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Cut the donuts out of cardstock.
  • Use the light tan Tombow Maker* around the edges of the Donuts to give them a “baked” look.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Place the “sprinkles” paper into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of adhesive to the paper.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Cut the “icing for the donuts” out of the “sprinkles” paper and place it onto the cardstock donuts.
  • Cut a small 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle tray to fit inside the donut box.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares to the back of the donuts and stick them onto the tray.
  • I added two braided loops and taped them under the tray with regular tape.  I cut a second 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of decorative scrapbook paper and adhered it under the donut box tray with the thin 3D foam squares.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

  • Cut a small tag using the tag die that comes with the Donut Box Die Set.
  • Cut two small flowers and two leaves using the Petite Flowers Die Set.  Add pink to the edges of the flowers using the #800 Pink Tombow Marker.
  • Carefully scrunch the flower with your fingers to give the flower shape.
  • Glue the flowers and leaves together onto the tag.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box

The Donuts look good enough to eat.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

Hide a gift card to your favorite donut shop or money under the donut tray for a sweet little surpris

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

“Sending you Sweet Birthday Wishes” using the Food Truck Stamp and Die Sets from

The Maker’s Movement. This versatile set can be an Ice Cream Truck, Taco Truck,

and even a Donut Truck.

Food Truck Stamp Set from The Maker's Movement

  • Stamp the “panda stamp” on white watercolor paper using a black permanent ink pad.

     

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Food Truck Stamp Set from The Maker's Movement

  • I used a variety of light and dark Tombow Dual Brush Art Markers to color in my image.  Because I use watercolor paper and stamped the image with permanent black ink I can easily blend the markers without the outline ink bleeding.

Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine

Die Cut the pieces of the “Food Truck” using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine

and decorative scrapbook paper.  The Mini Maker is great for die-cutting small pieces

and takes up less space on your table than those bigger machines.

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

The Food Truck Die Set comes with so many little details that make putting this card together

a lot of fun.  The “window die” cuts out a flap on the food truck that lifts to reveal the panda

ready to take your order.

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